Hello and welcome to the Lounge Podcast. This week, we’re happy to have a very special guest, Dominique Lapierre, the author of several compelling and best-selling books such as Freedom at Midnight and City of Joy, joining us from France. Mr Lapierre is scheduled to visit India next month to celebrate a couple of landmarks in the charity work that his NGOs have been conducting. He talks to us about his forthcoming trip, his ongoing charities and his frustrations with tight-fisted Indian millionaires.
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Next we discuss the shortlist for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, with book critic Jai Arjun Singh. DSC announced its six-member shortlist at London’s Globe Theatre earlier this week. One of these six will win USD 50,000 in award money when the prize is announced in January. These are Amit Chaudhuri: The Immortals (Picador India), Musharraf Ali Farooqui: The Story of a Widow (Picador India), Tania James: Atlas Of Unknowns (Pocket Books), Manju Kapur: The Immigrant (Faber & Faber), Neel Mukherjee: A Life Apart (Constable & Robinson), HM Naqvi: Home Boy (HarperCollins India).
To wrap up, our film critic Sanjukta Sharma will review Alejandro González Iñárritu ’s Biutiful starring Javier Bardem, who we all love so much. Sanjukta tells us five reasons to watch Biutiful.
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